Cornell Defends Heptagonal Women's Outdoor Track & Field Title
PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the second-straight year, the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship went to Cornell.
The Big Red goes back-to-back for the first time since winning its seventh-straight in 2008. Cornell garnered 145 points to hold off Columbia (121), followed by Harvard (118), Princeton (104), Dartmouth (81), Brown (78), Penn (56) and Yale (10).
On the track on Sunday, Cornell was led by its distance runners, as junior Rachel Sorna won the steeplechase, one of three Big Red runners to place, while also placing second in the 3,00m. The Kellner sisters Katie and Caroline went 2-4 in the 5,000m and senior Katie finished fifth in the 3,000m. The Big Red also earned valuable points in the 4x400m relay, taking second.
In the field, senior Victoria Imbesi defended her shot put title, winning with a throw of 49-1. Imbesi was voted co-Most Outstanding Field Performer after an impressive weekend that saw her win both the shot put and the javelin.
Imbesi shared the award with Harvard senior Mary Hirst, who also took a pair of titles home with her. Hirst won the high jump after clearing 5-10 ¾ to become the first Crimson to win the event since Becky Christensen won her fourth-consecutive in 2009. Hirst then set the second-best heptathlon mark in meet history, and the fourth-best in League history, scoring 5,359 points to end Dartmouth's hold on the title, as the Big Green had won the previous three. Last year's winner, junior Janae Dunchack, finished second in 2013 with 5,092 points.
Dunchack was not the only Dartmouth athlete to go home with some hardware, as junior Abbey D'Agostino took home three medals on Sunday. D'Agostino, who was voted indoor Most Outstanding Track Performer in February, set meet records in both the 1,500m (4:11.94) and 3,000m (9:21.79) and also ran anchor on the Big Green's third-place 4x800m relay squad.
Columbia's second-place finish is its best since 2005, when it also took second. The Lions' team score marks their highest points total since finishing with 129 in 2010, when they placed third. Leading the charge was junior Marvellous Iheukwumere, who became the first Lion to ever win both the 100m and 200m in the same Championship. She also was a part of the Lions' 4x100m relay team that took first. Sophomore Waverly Neer won the 5,000m with a time of 16:14.23, the second-fastest time in meet history.
For Princeton, sophomore Cecilia Barowski won the 400m dash and senior Greta Feldman successfully defended her 800m title. Feldman also was the anchor on the Tigers' winning 4x800m relay squad. Harvard freshman Autumne Franklin had a busy day, running in the 4x100m relay race, winning the 100m hurdles and placing second in the 400m hurdles.
1. Cornell, 145
2. Columbia, 121
3. Harvard, 118
4. Princeton, 104
5. Dartmouth, 81
6. Brown, 78
7. Penn, 56
8. Yale, 10